Algonquian definition

  • noun:
    • a household of North American Indian languages talked or formerly spoken in a place from Labrador to the Carolinas amongst the Atlantic coast and Rocky Mountains.
    • A member of a people usually talking an Algonquian language.
    • a part of any of the us Indian teams speaking an Algonquian language and initially surviving in the subarctic elements of east Canada; many Algonquian tribes migrated south into the woodlands from the Mississippi River towards Atlantic shore
    • family of us Indian languages spoken from Labrador to sc and west towards Great Plains
  • adjective:
    • associated with several united states languages.
    • Pertaining to or designating the most extensive of the linguistic families of North American Indians, their territory formerly including practically all of Canada east of the 115th meridian and south of Hudson's Bay and the part of the United States east of the Mississippi and north of Tennessee and Virginia, with the exception of the territory occupied by the northern Iroquoian tribes. There are nearly 100,000 Indians of the Algonquian tribes, of which the strongest are the Ojibwas (Chippewas), Ottawas, Crees, Algonquins, Micmacs, and Blackfeet.
    • of or regarding an Algonquian tribe or its folks or language

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